Sept. 19, 2005
After each win, Coach Tyrone Willingham and the Husky football coaching staff will name players of the game for that week's performance. The first winners of the 2005 season, following the UW's 34-6 win over Idaho are tailback Louis Rankin, defensive tackle Manase Hopoi, kicker Evan Knudson, tailback J.R. Hasty and defensive lineman Daniel Te'o-Nesheim.
Rankin, a sophomore from Stockton, Calif., rushed for a career-high 115 yards on 19 carries, good for a 6.1-yard average. He also recorded his first career touchdown on a 48-yard run.
Hopoi, a senior from Sacramento, Calif., notched four sacks as the Huskies held the Idaho rushing game to minus-four yards on the day. Hopoi's four sacks helped account for the UW's team total of seven on the day. With 24 career sacks, Hopoi is only four short of the school record of 28.
Knudson, a senior from Lacey, Wash., connected on two of three field goal attempts and all four of his extra-point tries. Additionally, three of his six kickoffs resulted in a touchback and he made what may have been a touchdown-saving tackle on another kickoff.
Hasty, a freshman from Bellevue, Wash., and Te'o-Nesheim, a freshman from Kailua, Hawaii, were honored for their work on the Huskies' service teams.